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David

Bala Cynwyd, PA, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • 2 reviews
  • 75 ratings
  • 476 titles in library
  • 31 purchased in 2014
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  • The Whole World Over

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Julia Glass
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    Overall
    (169)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    From the author of the beloved novel Three Junes comes a rich and commanding story about the accidents, both grand and small, that determine our choices in love and marriage. Greenie Duquette, openhearted yet stubborn, devotes most of her passionate attention to her Greenwich Village bakery and her four-year-old son, George. Her husband, Alan, seems to have fallen into a midlife depression, while Walter, a traditional gay man who has become her closest professional ally, is nursing a broken heart.

    Coriander says: "disappointed"
    "Guys, avoid this"
    Overall

    Nothing happens (of interest). As awful as it is to say but 9/11 was the only chance that the characters might display their core humanity when confronted by a real shock to their beliefs and sense of safety. They are just the same as before.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • State of Wonder: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Hope Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4403)
    Performance
    (3203)
    Story
    (3204)

    Research scientist Dr. Marina Singh is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have disappeared in the Amazon while working on an extremely valuable new drug. The last person who was sent to find her died before he could complete his mission. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the insect-infested jungle in hopes of finding answers to the questions about her friend's death, her company's future, and her own past.

    F. B. Herron says: "Do yourself a favor and listen to this book!"
    "Rivetting"
    Overall

    Ann Patchett's writing is masterful. She is descriptive and original in the way she sees the world, and she has an understanding of character that gives the novel great depth. In addition, though I never cared a fig to read about the Amazon, she has made me appreciate that environment and makes me believe she understands the effect it would have upon the people who inhabit it. I don't know how much research goes into her ability to make the setting such an effective element in the book, but whether she really has traveled there or not, she seems like she has first hand knowledge. The plot itself carried me along. At a certain point, I just could not stop listening.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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